This Saturday is the first Open Water swim training of the season. I have 5 Sprint Triathlon's under my belt from least season, and this season have stopped using the snorkel. I can swim in the pool 2400 meters without much effort, breathing comfortably, switching from same side breaths to breathing every other side ... no problems ...
So WHY does the prospect of swimming in the ocean still scare the crap out of me?
I should say that even though I have last years races under me, two of them (Escape and Top Gun) I had swim issues, resulting in back stroking after only .25 miles in. The Crystal River series, and MAd Beach I had no issues.
I think what my fear is that I have built up a rather comfortable feeling in the pool, and I am worried that if I panic again Saturday my confidence if going to be killed and I will be back at square one.
I know I need to do more to build the confidence, but the fear of failing is almost crippling.
I re-read a post I made last year (HERE) where I went out with Jenny and Dawn for a first taste of ocean swimming. I did well that day and remember feeling very good after it. Then came the race, and after that epic panic attack (although I DID finish the race), I lost all confidence. I regained it after Mad Beach and Crystal River, but then Top Gun came (once again at Fort DeSoto) and BOOM, panic attack again.
Anyone with ANY advice??????